No Fireworks is the story of eight days in the life of Abe Stone, a 61-year-old, three times divorced history teacher and alcoholic. Left reeling by the death of his acid-tongued mother Evelyn, who hasn’t let being dead stop her from controlling him, Abe starts to realise he has done nothing with his life. Afraid his time might also be up soon, Abe goes in search of his true identity with help from his friend Henry and super-intelligent grand-daughter Lucille. No Fireworks is an upside-down, inside-out voyage of discovery novel, a fiery warning about the consequences of inaction and life unlived.
This novel was originally published by Faber and Faber in July 2005 in trade paperback format, then again in August 2006 in paperback. It was nominated for the Saltire First Book Award (Scotland), The Dylan Thomas Prize for Fiction (Worldwide), The Authors’ Club First Novel Award (UK) and the Glen Dimplex First Book Award (Ireland). Press for the book was mostly positive.
“No Fireworks is both thoughtful and brave, offering a bleakly humorous and moving take on one man’s struggle to restore his faith – in himself, his family and ultimately, his God.”
The Times Literary Supplement
“A superb debut novel…Like the best tragic-comedies, it is written with a pin-sharp sense of character, isn’t afraid to take swings at the deepest subjects and can spin between the two modes at will.”
“A fine debut novel”
“Rodge Glass is a very good comic writer”
The Independent on Sunday
“A wonderful debut by a writer we will certainly be hearing more from. Touching, funny and compelling.”
Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room
“An impressive achievement…Charming and idiosyncratic, it is literary fiction reminiscent of Zadie Smith or Hanif Kureishi in its exploration of characters who are intriguing without exactly being likeable.”
“Glass has jumped on the Jewish bandwagon…even your houseplants will work out what happens at the end.”
The Daily Telegraph